Here be Dragons - Recording and recreating Medieval Church Graffiti

Recently, I was lucky enough to photograph an unusual heritage project. Medieval Church Graffiti was previously regarded as merely a form of vandalism. Now Lincolnshire is one of the few counties with a group actively recording this historical form of expression. Brian Porter from Lincoln Archaeology Group is leading a project to survey, record and photograph medieval graffiti in all Lincolnshire’s 600 churches. These secret carvings include human figures, real and mythical animals, ships, symbols. Some are a request for a blessing, some a form of thanks, many we just don’t fully understand yet. Finding these mysterious carving can be difficult. They often take the form of shallow scratches,

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All images copyright: Lynne McEwan 2018